About Us

About Us

In 2007, an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, non profits and faith based organizations, foundations and academic institutions was created around a simple mission, empowering the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition.  The alliance assumed the name of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and over the last six years it has leveraged the immense resources and expertise within its ranks to create a ground breaking suite of tools resources and methodologies to advance resilience at the community level with a bottom up grass roots approach.


Everyone has the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, inclusive and economically resilient community.


Support in the empowerment of residents and communities with the capacity and resources to build strong resilient communities.


Leverages strategic partnerships to develop programs, tools, and technical resources that neighborhood stakeholders can utilize as they build thriving communities that are well positioned to navigate times of stress.

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Member Organizations and Partners

Organizationally sponsored by the San Francisco General Services Agency and the Department of Emergency Management, the NEN is a collaborative comprised of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions.

NEN Executive Steering Committee
Gerald Eisman
Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Since the mid-90s, Gerald’s work has focused on how the knowledge processes of the university can combine with the knowledge assets of communities to generate new knowledge that has direct impact on community needs. In 1998, he became the Community Service-Learning Director, expanding the program into 43 departments of the University, and from 2004 to 2006, he served as the first Service-Learning Faculty Scholar in the California State University Office of the Chancellor. In May 2008, he became director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE).

David Gershon
Founder and CEO, Empowerment Institute

David is one of the world’s leading authorities on behavior change and large-scale transformation. His clients range from large organizations and cities to social entrepreneurs and small businesses. He has addressed issues from organizational talent development to environmental behavior change, from emergency preparedness to low-income neighborhood revitalization.

He is the author of many books, including the best-selling “Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It”, “Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds” and “Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World”.

David co-directs the Empowerment Institute Certification Program, a school for transformative change leadership. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Duke Universities and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and United Nations on sustainability and behavior change issues.

Michael Pappas
Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council

A formerly ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox Church, Michael has served parishes in Palos Hills, IL; Stockton, CA; and San Francisco.

During his 14-year ministry, Michael was been a prolific writer, contributing articles to numerous religious and secular periodicals. He has also devoted energy to work with the homeless and furthering ecumenical/interfaith relationships. After stepping down from active ministry in 2004, he became Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

Michael is father of two sons, George and Paul, and one daughter, Julia.

John Power
Executive Director, The Volunteer Center

As Executive Director of The Volunteer Center, which serves San Francisco and San Mateo counties, John leads an organization that has for over sixty years nurtured long-standing relationships among the Bay Area’s business, government, nonprofit, and volunteer communities.

An avid volunteer, John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, and on the statewide Volunteer Centers of California Board.

NEN Community Steering Committee

Erick Arguello
President, Lower 24th Street Merchant and Neighborhood Association

Foster Weeks
Board Member, Clementina Cares, Inc.

Glen Hatakeya
President, Mission Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association

Jane Martin
Founder, PlantSF

Jed Lane
Founder, Friends of Miraloma Park

Judith Berkowitz
President, Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods

Leela Gill
President, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association

Marc Christensen
Vice President, Mission Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association

Mary Harris
President, Ocean – Merced – Ingleside Neighbors in Action

Morgan Fitzgibbons
Member, The Wigg Party

Ron Miguel
Planning Association of the Richmond

Steve Adams
President, Merchants of Upper Market and Castro

Vallie Brown
Lower Haight Ashbury Merchant and Neighborhood Association

NEN Organizational Partners
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DOE Logo
HSA Logo
SF Interfaith Council
Nextdoor Logo
PUC Logo
Recreation & Parks Logo
Red Cross Logo
Association of Realtors Logo
Sterling Bank Logo
CCSF Seal & City Admin
Team Rubicon Logo
Microsoft Logo
Rebuilding Together Logo
PG&E Logo

Contact Us

For more information about the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, please contact Daniel Homsey, Director of Neighborhood Empowerment Network.

Email: daniel.homsey@sfgov.org
Phone: (415) 554-7114
Main Office: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 160 San Francisco, CA 94102